Kyle & Merengue

After dedicating 18 years to the Army as a lieutenant colonel, Kyle found civilian life to be another uncharted battle. Struggling with the effects of PTSD and a brain tumor, Kyle and his family were in need of a lifeline. When they discovered Freedom Service Dogs, a spark of hope reignited for the first time in a long time.

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Fostering Kindness

Our FSD volunteers are all heart! Valuing kindness and generosity, Leslie Berry and her family are just one shining example of the incredible compassion of our community. Read about the Berry family and the profound impact they are making through their involvement with FSD and fostering children.

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Volunteer of the Year: Jon Cavanaugh

For Jon, being an FSD foster is much more than volunteering—it’s a profound joy. Since joining the FSD community, Jon has impressively fostered more than 80 service dog hopefuls, proving that heartfelt commitment and dedication can truly make a lasting difference.

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Kristin & Boogie

“We’re giving back to FSD, but we’re also getting so much in return. We love raising puppies, and we don’t plan on stopping,” says FSD client and puppy raiser, Kristin.

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Thomas & Valor

Thomas is a U.S. Navy veteran with a career spanning over two decades, including deployments to Iraq and the Global War on Terror. His faithful— and aptly named—service dog Valor is a constant source of support, aiding him with his PTSD, mobility issues, and hearing challenges. Valor is trained to retrieve items, create space in crowded environments, and nudge Thomas to bring him back to the present moment.

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Josh & Champion

Ménière’s disease drastically changed Josh’s life by ending his military career and claiming part of his independence. After decades of dutiful service in the military, he faced an incurable diagnosis that impacted his future, confidence, and family.   Upon being discharged from the military due to his diagnosis, Josh shared, “I joined the military when I…

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Top-dog volunteer

Julie has dedicated over 13 volunteer years to FSD and considers herself a dog person with a passion for making a difference.

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Tim & Cypress

As a U.S. Army and National Guard veteran, Tim has received counseling and medication from the VA to address his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and sense of unworthiness around the veteran community. Today, thanks to his Freedom Service Dog, Cypress, Tim says he is experiencing positive changes in his life. “I feel like some of my PTSD symptoms are becoming manageable or at least tolerable, and I look forward to the future.”

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Volunteer duo digs driving with dogs

Laura and Mike Dennis have always enjoyed making road trips, and since 2022, they have put their love of the highway to good use as FSD transport volunteers. Mike and Laura ferry puppies and dogs on travels within Colorado and to other states with their English bulldog, Diesel, along for the ride. Says Mike, “We are a retired military family, and we enjoy supporting the Freedom Service Dogs mission; it is important to us.”

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